Councils: Are you overcoming these barriers to climate change engagement?

Councils: Are you overcoming these barriers to climate change engagement?

Community engagement is crucial for climate change adaptation, according to Local Government NZ. Yet almost no councils are engaging with communities on climate change. Most are currently “planning to plan”. In this article, we summarise an excellent webinar series to help councils engage their communities on the biggest challenge of a generation.

How effective are Community Boards?

How effective are Community Boards?

What role are Community Boards playing across the country in local democracy? What are the opportunities for the future role of Community Boards? These two questions are at the heart of this 2018 research project by Callum Hammond and David Hammond. Community Boards were set up in 1989 through the local government reforms of the Fourth Labour Government. Now, 30 years later, this report investigates the effectiveness of Community Boards and make five recommendations for the future.

Is low trust hamstringing your organisation?

Do you ever struggle to communicate or understand the investment logic for engagement? Then this article is for you. In it, we build on the work of Rachel Botsman, the author of "Who Can You Trust?". Trust is the most important currency for organisations to survive. But how do we earn trust in our over-communicating world?

Do you need an independent expert to manage your engagement or strategy work?

Do you need an independent expert to manage your engagement or strategy work?

Making the wrong decision about a facilitator can be costly. You want to make sure they’re well prepared and experienced. Sometimes it’s fine to use a volunteer or work colleague; sometimes it’s not worth the risk. This article will help you decide whether or not you need to invest in an independent facilitator for your next strategy or engagement process.

Neighbourhood Improvement District - a new way to help communities thrive

Neighbourhood Improvement District - a new way to help communities thrive

The Business Improvement District (BID) model is one of the most exciting and popular placemaking models in the world. But we see an opportunity to strengthen the model by better involving the community in what BIDs do. We’re tentatively calling this a Neighbourhood Improvement Model and we’re seeking expressions of interest from councils or existing BIDs who want to be part of exploring this innovative opportunity. If that sounds interesting to you - read on

5 community engagement lessons from Island Bay's cycleway

5 community engagement lessons from Island Bay's cycleway

Island Bay’s cycleway is a fascinating community engagement case study. Not just because of the roller coaster facts. But also because of High Court’s judicial review of the consultation process. We’ve picked out five lessons from that judgment. These will be valuable for any organisation interested in involving stakeholders and communities in significant investment decisions and projects.

How does engagement fit with project management?

How does engagement fit with project management?

As a project manager, you’ll usually come across the term “community engagement” when you first start working on projects that impact a lot of people. And you’ll start thinking: How do I squeeze engagement into my project timelines? How does this fit with my project management structure? This article suggests there’s no easy answer tho those questions but helps to shine a light on the way forward.

Are you asking these 3 challenging questions of your governance?

Are you asking these 3 challenging questions of your governance?

How does your governance involve people in decision-making without challenging or undermining their own power structure? Is that even possible? This article suggests three questions you need to ask your governance before your organisation can truly move forward with community engagement or empowerment.

How to spread your organisation's "good engagement examples" the strategic way

Every organisation has its "good examples" of how it engaged with stakeholders or the community. But how do you shift an organisation so these become the everyday norm? Read on to learn how to shift an organisation’s approach to engagement.

What should I do with my council's Community Engagement Strategy?

Answer: Bin it.

Most are superficial rubbish. An Engagement Strategy needs to understand and identify the council’s willingness to share power and be a genuine partner with communities. If your council doesn’t have a clear position on this - read on.

Is your organisation's engagement strategy in the red zone? Introducing 'Messy Democracy'

Is your organisation's engagement strategy in the red zone? Introducing 'Messy Democracy'

We live in an age of ‘messy democracy’. Citizens are seeking more genuine engagement in decision-making. And it’s messy because often different people have different demands all at the same time! Where does your organisation usually sit on the ‘messy democracy matrix’?